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  • Hi guys,

    I’m very new to WordPress so forgive me if this is a really noob question, but I’m wondering how hard is it for people to take the coding I’ve put on the web?

    See, I’m thinking of making a new type of website using WordPress. To do this I’ll have to hack a few different plugins to perform some specific tasks. What I’d hate to happen is after spending all that time modifying/creating new plugins, one of my competitors to come to my site access my code somehow and start using it on their own site. Is something like that possible? Likely? If there is, is there a way I can stop it?



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  • well you could put a code of not letting site rippers stealing the whole site by messing with the .htaccess

    Look through this and see if it may help:

    Hello, Michael!

    As you are probably aware, the source code of any site is easily viewable in almost any browser. Anyone who really wants it, is going to see it. Obfuscating most source code is an exercise in futility in my opinion. Conversely, because php code is executed on the server before it is sent to a browser, it’s not normally viewable. What you see is the output, or results of that code.

    So in essence, if you create your own plugins, or modify existing plugins, the answer might be to simply not share them anywhere.

    Anything beyond that, and you probably need to consult with professional counsel to advise you on copyright laws and an appropriate licensing structure for anything that is truly a product of your own intellectual endeavors, as well as any applicable caveats that may arise from using such a product as an add-on component in a GPL’d application such as WordPress.

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